Your Best Makeup Colors is a series here on The Style and Beauty Doctor aimed to help at taking some of the guess work out of choosing makeup colors for your skin tone. I’ll use pictures of celebs to help illustrate the series so when a celeb most closely matches your skin tone you can grab some ideas.
Note: The makeup I mention are colors that will go great with a certain skin tone, but aren’t the only ones you should try. They’ll give you a good idea of what colors will look best on you. Also I’ll be mentioning a lot of brands that are “internet popular” meaning that you’ll be able to check Google Images for swatches easily. This way you can still have an idea of colors and still shop within your own fave brands (drugstore, indie, department store).
If you’re itching to see other complexions, check out: Best Makeup Colors for Every Skin Tone.
Up next is Zoe Saldana as requested by The Style and Beauty Doctor reader Lacy.
I’d say Zoe’s skin tone can be described as olive with neutral undertones. But we also need to add another dynamic besides skin tone and undertone—contrast. Contrast is the difference between hair and skin color. Zoe has a fair amount of contrast as her hair is very dark compared to her skin. This means she’ll look great in bolder colors with a neutral undertone and even some that ring on the cool side.
Eyeshadows (MAC–if MAC isn’t your fave brand still use this as a guide to figure out which similar colors look best in other brands):
P.S. I tried to only picked colors from the permanent line so you don’t get stuck on a color only to realize it’s sold out.
Neutrals: Blanc Type, Brule, Honesty, Shroom, Malt, Brule, Embark, Brown Script, Haux, Corduroy, Nylon, Ricepaper, Patina, Orb, Grain, Wedge, Saddle, Charcoal Brown, Satin Taupe, Bisque, Retrospeck, Woodwinked, Soft Brown, Honey Lust, Era, Cork, Romp, Arena, Texture, Swiss Chocolate, Mulch, Espresso, Bronze, Twinks
For Fun: Humid, Star Violet, Shadowy Lady, Sketch, Amber Lights, Goldmine, Gorgeous Gold, Antiqued, Handwritten, Contrast, Carbon, Nehru, Plumage, Vibrant Grape, Purple Haze, Hepcat, Beauty Marked, Nocturnelle, Sumptuous Olive, Greensmoke, Knight Devine, Print, Silver Ring
Blush: mid-tone brighter colors look best. Don’t be scared of brighter blush colors, it looks gorgeous on Zoe Saldana skin.
Illamasqua: Tweak (I mention this blush so often because it’s GORGEOUS), Beg, Excite, Panic, Sin, Thrust
NARS: Angelika, Amour, Desire, Dolce Vita, Exhibit A, Mata Hari, Taos, Torrid, Lovejoy, Sin
MAC: Frankly Scarlet, Breezy, Fever, Raizin, Loverush, Dollymix, Ambering Rose
MAC Pro: (go to maccosmetics.com for locations or call 1-800-866-6464. You don’t have to be a MAC Pro member to order) Flame Red, Azalea, Full Fuchsia, Rhubarb, Devil, Salsarose
Lips: mid-tone colors (not too light and not too bright) that are more on the cooler side look best
Reds: MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick, Stila Long Wear Lip Color in Fiery, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté in #18, MAC Red Lipstick, MAC Dubonnet Lipstick, MAC Russian Red Lipstick
Berries: MAC Darkside Lipstick, MAC Film Noir Lipstick, MAC Desire Lipstick, MAC Rebel Lipstick, MAC Cyber Lipstick, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in #8 Belle de Rose, MAC Desire Lipglass, MAC Pop Mode Lipglass, Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss in #9 Golden Plum
Nudes: (color looks best on this skin tone and coloring but if you must do a nude…) MAC Spite Lipglass, MAC Half N’ Half Lipstick, MAC High Tea Lipstick, BECCA Glossy Lip Tint in Caipirinha, MAC Viva Glam V
Pinks: MAC Up the Amp Lipstick, MAC Pink Plaid Lipstick, MAC Please Me Lipstick, MAC Bombshell Lipstick, MAC Speak Louder Lipstick, MAC Show Orchid, MAC Chatterbox Lipstick
Looking for other skintones in this topic? Bookmark this category: Your Best Makeup Colors.
Lacy also asked for hair color suggestions—dark colors particularly off black with honey brown or deep red highlights look best. Colors like full brown, red, or blonde will be too harsh on this skin tone so if you want to mix things up do it with highlights.
Zoe herself doesn’t stray very far from her raven tresses going no more than two shades lighter or deeper than this:
Feel free to add your favorites in the comments! If you have questions, leave me a comment or contact me.
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